Cooking Ideas & Recipes by Joana Reis

South East Asia


I have rewritten this blog post about 5 times now, lets just say I am a little rusty. My last blog post was back in May, thats almost a year ago! wow!

Some of the reasons for the lack of blogging are, I went on a wonderful adventure around South East Asia, that I was on a diet for 2 months before that so no baking, I found out I am gluten intolerant and have been adjusting to a life of no bread, pizza and cakes. Also I think I fell out of love with blogging. Not sure if other bloggers have had the same feelings but for some reason I didn’t feel like blogging but I’m back now, full with energy and ready to blog again (she says!).

My travels in south east asia were wonderful, it was amazing to have so much time off to travel and experience new things also I never expected to have so much fun and to see so many wonderful things in my life. The beaches are to die for, the food is delicious and the locals are really friendly. I spent sometime on my own and I’m not going to lie it can get lonely, I for example found it hard to eat on my own. I’m so used to making a family affair of every meal that dinners on my own was hard. However, the locals and fellow travelers helped me out a lot.

I visited Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The food out there is delicious, yes its mainly rice and noodles but that was to be expected. The Vietnamese cuisine is very fresh and they use lots of herbs. Malaysia is mainly curries and Thailand pad thai.

I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend and friends come on this trip with me for part of the trip, I feel very loved.  I have always played by the rules, I love to travel and explore new places and countries but when it cames to lifestyle I have always been a bit of a play it safe kind of girl, so leaving my job and travelling alone  in foreign countries was definitely pushing my boundaries to the max.

I had time to do alot of thinking during this trip and from now on I want to make sure I enjoy my life to the full. Yesterday I read a quote that said life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “holy shit.. what a ride” with this I’m not saying that I’m going to take up extreme sports or start jumping of planes but I want to learn, do new things and continue to visit as many different countries as I can. I now also have a “to do list” of things that I want to learn and do once I get a job (the down side of having the amazing time I had is I came home to no job, so currently looking for one- If anyone reading this is looking for a buyer in London let me know). The idea is that I will continue to add things to this to do list as I tick things off. My first to do is a learn how to sew, so my lovely friends have bought me a sewing class for my birthday :)

If I can give any advice to anyone that wants to go travelling is, do it! I know a lot of people say this but it will be the best experience you will ever have. I met so many people, got to see some beautiful places, experience their culture, learn how to cook their food and came out of it with a rather gorgeous tan but also feeling very lucky to have been able to fulfil my dream of travelling.